Partnership for Sustainable Textiles recognizes U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

June 27th, 2022

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has been approved as a standard for sustainable cotton by Siegelklarheit, an initiative of the German Federal Government. By helping consumers to better understand environmental and social labels, Siegelklarheit wants to contribute to more sustainable purchasing decisions. U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol successfully passed Siegelklarheit´s assessment system. As a result, members […]

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e3 Sustainable Cotton program celebrates record enrollment

June 13th, 2022

Photo: Materra BASF’s e3 Sustainable Cotton program, the first transparent and traceable cotton supply chain, has announced unprecedented growth. More than 900 growers enrolled in the program by registering cotton bales from their 2021 growing season, a 25% increase in enrollment from the previous year. “We are very encouraged by the growth we saw this […]

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India slashes cotton import duty

April 13th, 2022

The Ministry of Finance of India has announced that there will be no import duty on cotton for the period of April 14, 2022 through September 30, 2022. This news is welcomed by the Indian textile industry, which has been making calls to the government to allow duty-free import of cotton to stay competitive against […]

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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol celebrates accomplishments

November 9th, 2021

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a farm level, science-based program that sets a new standard in more sustainably grown cotton recently celebrated one-year since its official launch. The Trust Protocol brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to sustainable cotton production and drives continuous improvement in six key sustainability metrics: land use, soil carbon, water […]

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Biden Administration awards $6.5M contract to U.S. Cotton LLC

September 3rd, 2021

The Biden Administration has awarded a contract for $6.5 million to U.S. Cotton LLC, the largest manufacturer of cotton swabs in the United States, to increase domestic production capability for polyester tipped swabs for home testing kits and mass testing applications to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S. Cotton has retooled […]

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Hohenstein develops new method to detect genetic modifications in organic cotton

August 16th, 2021

Hohenstein has developed a new quantification method specifically for genetically modified cotton. One of the first labs with this ability, Hohenstein uses DNA analysis to identify known genetic modifications and calculate their percentage in organic cotton. Stakeholders will use the data to distinguish between minor contaminations and mixtures, control quality and verify claims. For qualitative […]

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Fashion for Good launches cotton farming pilot project

May 1st, 2021

A hydroponic cotton facility. Materra’s approach to cotton farming combines precision agriculture and controlled environments to create radically resource-efficient cotton farms. Photo: Materra. Cotton makes up nearly 30 percent of global textile production, and accounts for 24 percent of global insecticide use, according to Fashion for Good, a global initiative to spark and scale innovation […]

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Land O’Lakes and Cotton Inc. partner for sustainability initiative

April 1st, 2021

A sustainability initiative between Land O’Lakes and Cotton Inc. will help cotton growers analyze 2020 agronomic data and generate insights that can be incorporated into the growers’ production decisions throughout the early spring months in advance of the 2021 harvest season. Photo: Truterra LLC. Truterra™ LLC, the sustainability business unit of farmer-owned cooperative Land O’Lakes […]

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Cone Denim offers forensic verification of cotton traceability

September 23rd, 2020

Cone Denim, a global leader in denim authenticity and sustainable innovation for more than 128 years and part of the Elevate Textiles portfolio of brands, has partnered with Oritain, the product and supply chain traceability specialist, to become the first denim mill to adopt the highest level of end-to-end traceability possible Oritain’s unique method combines […]

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Cotton prices forecast

July 20th, 2020

Cotton prices will remain weak in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons as supplies of cotton outstrip demand and surpluses grow, according to a report in Issue 200 of Textile Outlook International from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. The average price of cotton has been falling since the beginning of 2018/19, and in 2019/20 […]

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